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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Rent  Season 9, Ep 15

This week.... The January 6 investigation continues, revealing the complicity of Trump's legal advisor John Eastman. Republicans across the country are fielding election deniers in positions for public office, such as conspiracy theorist and QAnon ally Jim Marchant, the Republican nominee for Secretary of State in Nevada. And Now: In Honor of Father's Day, ZADDIES. Main story: Rent, which has been skyrocketing across the nation, a crisis that's been with us for multiple decades, has gotten much much worse lately, and no one seems willing to do anything about. On YouTube (22 minutes). And Now: It's Always Happy Hour on QVC. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jun 20, 2022 - 8 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tech Monopolies  Season 9, Ep 14

This week... the January 6th hearings have begun. A Republican Senate primary in Arizona is getting competitive, between current Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and opponents such as Jim Lamon and Blake Masters, who admires the Unabomber as a "subversive thinker." And Now: Sean Hannity's Favorite Joke. ("It's an Adam Schiff-show") Main story: tech monopolies, especially Apple, Google, and Amazon, and how they often preference their own products when you turn to them for information, software, or merchandise. On YouTube (27 minutes). Look out for a cameo by three movies from Video Brinquedo!
posted by JHarris on Jun 14, 2022 - 2 comments

Barry: Starting now  Season 3, Ep 8

NoHo Hank hatches an escape. Sally lets out more aggression. Barry encounters more traps sprung by Fuches.
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 13, 2022 - 27 comments

Barry: Candy asses  Season 3, Ep 7

The penultimate episode of Barry's third season brings the storylines together and sets the stage for a thrilling finale next week.
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 7, 2022 - 10 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: School Resource Officers  Season 9, Ep 13

This week.... The Queen of England's Platinum Jubilee. The school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. That leads us directly to the main story: school resource officers, pitched as a way to deter school shootings, but there is little evidence that they do, and there are many drawbacks to their presence in schools. Get ready for terrible stories of police involvement in schools, including a girl getting arrested for a science project that made the cap of a coke bottle pop off. On YouTube (27 minutes) And Now: People On TV Get A Little Too British For The Platinum Jubilee. Finally, vandals last November attacked a banana-and-skull sculpture in Melbourne. The show offers the city, if they will give their sculpture to them, to compensate with donations, plus as a return gift, their statue of a cartoon alligator flipping the bird that they've had pointed at the offices of Dr. Oz. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jun 6, 2022 - 6 comments

Barry: 710N  Season 3, Ep 6

Fuches' schemes finally catch up with him. The Taylor's hunt for Barry, and Barry plans to re-connect with old friends.
posted by ellieBOA on May 31, 2022 - 10 comments

Barry: Crazytimesh*tshow  Season 3, Ep 5

The Bolivian problem resurfaces. Gene reconnects with faces from his past. Sally is disappointed with the future of her show. Barry continues to spiral.
posted by ellieBOA on May 25, 2022 - 8 comments

Barry: all the sauces  Season 3, Ep 4

Desperate to solve his Bolivian problem, Noho Hank turns to Barry with a plan; Fuches returns to LA with a vengeance; Sally celebrates the premiere of her show; Gene scrambles to skip town, only to be bombarded with reasons to stay.
posted by ellieBOA on May 25, 2022 - 3 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Subway  Season 9, Ep 12

This week.... Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, who spread Trump's like about 2020 election fraud (and has said some very disturbing things about how he'd run their election) and marched on the Capitol on January 6, reached a near-tie in the Republican primary for that state. And Now: Some Things They Say In Texas. The main story is about the Subway restaurant chain and the terrible straits their franchisee agreements can put buyers through, which can include opening new stores surprisingly close to each other. On YouTube. (27 minutes) At the end, they present a short romantic drama about a Korean Subway franchisee. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 23, 2022 - 11 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Electric Utilities  Season 9, Ep 11

This week (episode taped on 5/14)... Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. was elected President of the Philippines as was feared in the previous episode, Norway presents a severely WTF entry to Eurovision. Alabama bans the use of hormones and puberity blockers to treat transgender patients under the age of 19, making it a felony punishable by 10 years in prison, a bill signed by Governor Kay Ivey. And Now: The Delightful Delight Of Allison Hammond. Main story: electric utilities: the incredible amount of power their wield, how weakly they can be regulated, and the damage that can do, which has resulted both in the creation of spurious and badly-managed projects in order to charge more on bills in profit, and in them attacking community-led solar projects that threaten their bottom line. In the end, John Oliver is killed by Reddy Kilowatt. On YouTube (24 minutes). [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 18, 2022 - 3 comments

The Time Traveler's Wife: Episode 1  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 1

In the clearing behind her home, six-year-old Clare Abshire encounters 36-year-old time traveler Henry DeTamble for the first time. Fourteen years later, an unexpected reunion at the library gives Henry the opportunity to meet Clare. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on May 15, 2022 - 2 comments

The Time Traveler's Wife: All Episodes  Books Included   Season 1, Ep 0

Audrey Niffenegger's novel, previously adapted as a film, now a 6-episode series by Steven Moffat (HBO, HBOMax, Sky Atlantic). [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on May 15, 2022 - 20 comments

Gentleman Jack: A Lucky and Narrow Escape  Season 2, Ep 5

Halifax is smashed to pieces by a mob hungry for political change. It’s a dangerous time to be a Tory, and a lesbian, but Anne Lister refuses to keep a low profile.
posted by ellieBOA on May 9, 2022 - 3 comments

Gentleman Jack: I'm Not the Other Woman, She Is  Season 2, Ep 4

Anne Lister is drawn back into her complicated past with Mariana during a trip to Lawton Hall. Back at Shibden with her in-laws, Ann Walker receives a visitor.
posted by ellieBOA on May 9, 2022 - 0 comments

Barry: ben mendelsohn  Season 3, Ep 3

As Barry and Gene take on new opportunities, Sally prepares for her first press junket and Katie shares her concerns; with the Bolivians still in heavy pursuit, Hank reaches out to Fuches, while Cristobal pitches a new tactic to Fernando.
posted by ellieBOA on May 9, 2022 - 5 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Abortion Ruling and Phillipines Election  Season 9, Ep 10

This week... two main stories! #1 is on abortion, and Alito's draft opinion to overturn Roe vs. Wade. John Oliver's points are: what this ruling means, how we got to this point, and where we go now. YouTube (18 minutes) And Now: Local News Shows Go Through The Motions For "Star Wars Day." Main Story #2: The Phillipine elections, which have a chance of dumping current dictator Rodrigo Duterte, but if so one of the possible replacements is Ferdinand Marcos Jr., largely because of the rewriting of history in their media and on the internet. Be on the look out for John saying: "That is the single dumbest story involving a young Michael Jordan I have ever heard, and I have seen Space Jam." YouTube (20 minutes) And Now: WDIV Meteorologist Brandon Roux Enjoys Cinco de Mayo A Little Too Much.
posted by JHarris on May 8, 2022 - 4 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Harm Reduction  Season 9, Ep 5

For the week of March 27, 2022. "Russia's invasion of Ukraine entered its second month, North Korea launched its biggest missile test in years," and "the Senate held confirmation hearings for [Supreme Court nominee] Ketanji Brown Jackson," which involved some awful questioning. Prince William and Kate Middleton tour the Caribbean. And Now: Yet Another Installment Of Coming Up On "Inside Edition." Main story: Harm reduction, practical measures for reducing the damage done by drug use. Part of the story is the ludicrous overreaction of some to Fentanyl exposure. It's on YouTube. (18 minutes) And Now: Still More Of Coming Up On "Inside Edition." Finally: the Nenana Ice Classic in Alaska, a yearly competition to guess when river ice melts, and the journey to participate of LWT mascot Marshmallow, the Polar Bear With A Broken Penis. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on May 7, 2022 - 2 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Environmental Racism  Season 9, Ep 9

This week... Flordia governor Ron DeSantis, Texas governor Greg Abbott and L.A. County sherriff Alex Villanueva engage in destructive messaging to rile up their base. And Now: Shaquille O'Neal Can't Stop Explaining How To Save Money On Gas. Main Story: Environmental Racism, on how minorities are exposed to the effects of pollution much more than white people. On YouTube (22 minutes). Infuriating term of the episode: "sacrifice zone." And Now: People On TV Read Rejected License Plates Out Loud.
posted by JHarris on May 3, 2022 - 2 comments

Barry: limonada  Season 3, Ep 2

Barry learns the extent of Gene's storied Hollywood history; Cristobal and Hank face a major setback when Cristobal's father-in-law, Fernando, unexpectedly arrives in Los Angeles looking to take out the Chechens and bring Cristobal home.
posted by ellieBOA on May 2, 2022 - 12 comments

We Own This City: Are You People Ready to Say That Out Loud? Is Anybody?  Season 1, Ep 0

(HBO site, trailer, review) This six-episode series, based on the book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, developed and written by George Pelecanos and David Simon, details the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force.
posted by box on Apr 28, 2022 - 10 comments

Gentleman Jack: Tripe All Over the Place, Presumably  Season 2, Ep 3

Anne Lister and Ann Walker launch a charm offensive on Ann's relatives, determined to show them that Miss Walker is flourishing at Shibden Hall. Anne is fascinated by the arrival of a railway in Yorkshire and quizzes Halifax's men of industry on what this revolution could mean for the town.
posted by ellieBOA on Apr 26, 2022 - 1 comment

Barry: forgiving jeff  Season 3, Ep 1

Barry searches the dark web for jobs; Sally, now the creator and star of her own show, begins to feel the pressures of success; Noho Hank braves his first big test in interrogation; Gene ruminates over Fuches' crushing reveal.
posted by ellieBOA on Apr 25, 2022 - 15 comments

Gentleman Jack: Two Jacks Don't Suit  Season 2, Ep 2

In France, Ann Walker is shocked by details about Anne Lister's complicated relationship with Mariana Lawton.
posted by ellieBOA on Apr 22, 2022 - 2 comments

Gentleman Jack: Faith Is All  Season 2, Ep 1

Anne Lister's revelation that her new wife Ann Walker is moving in with her in Shibden shocks Ann's relatives.
posted by ellieBOA on Apr 22, 2022 - 6 comments

A Black Lady Sketch Show: Save My Edges, I'm a Donor!  Season 3, Ep 1

A neighborhood gets pumped for the annual Product Purge; Dr. Haddassah takes on Career Day; Keisha bombs at a comedy club. [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Apr 9, 2022 - 3 comments

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty: Championships Aren't Won, They're Taken  Season 1, Ep 0

(trailer, homepage) The professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of sports' most revered and dominant dynasties - a team that defined an era, both on and off the court.
posted by box on Apr 8, 2022 - 8 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tickets  Season 9, Ep 4

This week (well, two weeks ago): Russias continuing invasion of Ukraine. In the US, the furor over Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill targeting educators, and Disney's contributions to state legislators who support it. And Now: Jim Cramer Presents Grounds For Divorce (expressing many times his wife's love for Wendy's Baconator hamburger). Main story: the market for event tickets, and the many ways it screws over ticket buyers, from the huge market share and hidden fees of Ticketmaster, to the resale market that allows people to buy up huge numbers of tickets and then, in possession of a near-monopoly, flipping those to fans at a large upcharge. On YouTube (20 minutes).
posted by JHarris on Mar 28, 2022 - 2 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Sex Work  Season 9, Ep 2

This week.... The invasion of Ukraine by Russia. And Now: A Look Back at Notable Moments in History. Main story: sex work (25 minutes), and how terribly sex workers are treated by the system. And Now: A Fond Farewell to the Wendy Williams Show. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 28, 2022 - 3 comments

The Righteous Gemstones: I Will Tell of All Your Deeds  Season 2, Ep 9

While the Gemstones celebrate the launch of Zion’s Landing, Baby Billy faces a chance to embrace fatherhood.
posted by Special Agent Dale Cooper on Feb 28, 2022 - 11 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Critical Race Theory  Season 9, Ep 1

This week.... The Ottawa trucker vaccine protests in all their immense selfishness. And Now: The Existential Despair of ABC 3 Morning News. The main story is the right's latest bugaboo, Critical Race Theory (video, 28m), which Fox News and other right-wing media sources have inflamed their viewers and listeners about. What is it, what is it not, and why has the panic around it spread? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 21, 2022 - 2 comments

The Righteous Gemstones: The Prayer of a Righteous Man  Season 2, Ep 8

As the dust settles back at the compound, Jesse, Kelvin, and Judy consider where they stand; Baby Billy reconnects with a figure from his past.
posted by Cash4Lead on Feb 21, 2022 - 10 comments

The Righteous Gemstones: And Infants Shall Rule Over Them  Season 2, Ep 7

With Eli temporarily out of the picture, the Gemstone siblings are left to quarrel over who's in charge, until some wise words help pave a way forward; as Tiffany tracks down Baby Billy, Gideon faces his future.
posted by Cash4Lead on Feb 14, 2022 - 10 comments

Euphoria: Season 2  Season 2, Ep 0

After a two year delay, HBO’s high school drama returned January 9th for season 2. Series lead and executive producer Zendaya (MJ from Spider-Man! 🕷️🤓) became the youngest ever winner of the Emmy for Lead Actress for her role as Rue. [more inside]
posted by riruro on Feb 2, 2022 - 5 comments

February Streaming

What's Coming to Netflix/Hulu/HBO/Amazon Prime in February? (slSlate) [more inside]
posted by box on Feb 2, 2022 - 3 comments

The Righteous Gemstones: Interlude I  Season 2, Ep 5

Christmas, 1993. While Eli considers a tempting offer from an old friend, Baby Billy crashes the Gemstones’ celebrations. [more inside]
posted by miguelcervantes on Jan 31, 2022 - 6 comments

The Righteous Gemstones: As To How They Might Destroy Him  Season 2, Ep 4

Father-son tensions reach an all-time high as the entire Gemstone family gathers for BJ’s baptism. [more inside]
posted by miguelcervantes on Jan 23, 2022 - 12 comments

The Righteous Gemstones: For He Is a Liar and the Father of Lies  Season 2, Ep 3

After noticing a change in Eli’s behavior, the Gemstone siblings dig deeper into their father’s mysterious past. [more inside]
posted by miguelcervantes on Jan 17, 2022 - 4 comments

The Righteous Gemstones: After I Leave, Savage Wolves Will Come  Season 2, Ep 2

Eli fends off a big-city reporter sitting on long-held secrets. [more inside]
posted by miguelcervantes on Jan 13, 2022 - 3 comments

The Righteous Gemstones: I Speak in the Tongues of Men and Angels  Season 2, Ep 1

The Gemstones return for a second season. Jesse clashes with Eli over the future of the Gemstone empire. [more inside]
posted by miguelcervantes on Jan 11, 2022 - 6 comments

Succession: All the Bells Say  Season 3, Ep 9

Matsson’s vision for the GoJo-Waystar relationship leads Shiv and Roman to manage the fallout; Logan weighs his options.
posted by jeoc on Dec 13, 2021 - 68 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Union Busting  Season 8, Ep 30

This week.... Continuing investigations into the perpetrators of the January 6 insurrection. And Now: The Many Questions of Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade. Main story: Union busting (24 minutes), how companies are served by an entire industry of people who provide them scripts and videos on how to do it, and how easily they can get away with it. And, at the end, this is the final episode of Season 8 of Last Week Tonight, so we check in with some friends: George Clooney, an assortment of other celebrities, and The Void from earlier in the season, who has a new talk show! So long John, see you next time. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 16, 2021 - 5 comments

Succession: Retired Janitors of Idaho  Season 3, Ep 5

Kendall and the Waystar team find themselves working together at the annual shareholders' meeting.
posted by lunasol on Nov 15, 2021 - 30 comments

Succession: Lion in the Meadow  Season 3, Ep 4

Logan and Kendall have their first meeting together with Josh, a major investor worried about their family feud.
posted by guiseroom on Nov 8, 2021 - 32 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Power Grid  Season 8, Ep 29

This week... electorial problems for Democrats in last Tuesday's election, and, at the COP26 climate summit nations promised to limit emissions to stall global warming but are unlikely to actually do it. And Now: People On TV Saying Things Wrong. Main story (22 minutes): the power grid, a little-regarded engineering marvel, yet one beset by many threats, from squirrels to balloons to age to climate change, but its biggest problem is the push to renewable sources, and transporting that power from the places where it is generated over long distances to where it is needed. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Nov 8, 2021 - 3 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Homelessness  Season 8, Ep 28

This week.... Facebook announces their company is now called "Meta." (MeFi). Congress is hammering out Biden's final spending plan. And Now: Once Again, Our Annual Look At What Happens When Local News And Halloween Collide. Main story: Homelessness (25 minutes), and how our institutions make a bad situation for a lot of people worse.
posted by JHarris on Nov 2, 2021 - 6 comments

Succession: Mass in Time of War  Season 3, Ep 2

After trying to persuade Shiv, Roman, and Connor to join him in detoxifying the company, Kendall attempts to win Sandi and Stewy’s support. After a shady visit from a Waystar attorney, a suddenly fearful Greg seeks to obtain a lawyer with help from his grandfather Ewan. Marcia arrives in Sarajevo at Logan’s request – with conditions.
posted by j.r on Oct 25, 2021 - 30 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Taiwan  Season 8, Ep 27

This week: police officers around the US threaten to quit rather than get vaccinated. And Now: The Weather Channel's Graphics Department Is Still Not Fucking Around. Main story: Taiwan, its history as an anti-communist tool by the West, its current-day democratic miracle, and its fraught relationship with Communist China. And Now: James Corden Loves Cinema. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 25, 2021 - 6 comments

Succession: Secession  Season 3, Ep 1

Following his bombshell presser, a righteous Kendall scrambles to find a base of operations, while Logan's team searches for safe harbor.
posted by guiseroom on Oct 17, 2021 - 31 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Misinformation Among Immigrant Communities  Season 8, Ep 26

This week.... Idaho's Lieutenant Governor issued an executive order forbidding vaccine mandates, even though the Governor is opposed it. It turns out OAN, which has been covered by the show before, owes a lot of its existence to AT&T, the same AT&T that's Last Week's Tonight's abdicating business-daddy, which John Oliver cuts them no slack over. And Now: "Fox & Friends'" Brian Kilmeade Likes Christopher Columbus Way, Way Too Much. Main story (YouTube, 20 minutes) : Misinformation as it spreads through immigrant diaspora communities, for although more than 90% of Facebook monthly users are outside the U.S. and Canada, only 13% of hours the company has spent on monitoring information is focused outside the U.S. LWT made some memeable pass-around videos to try to spread the word about not spreading misinformation on the internet, available at bettermorningmessages.com. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 11, 2021 - 3 comments

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: PFAs  Season 8, Ep 25

This week... Covid + Brexit causes widespread gas shortages in the UK. Congress holds a hearing on the impact of social media on teenagers' mental health, causing confusion for Senator Richard Blumenthal on what a "finsta" is. Democrats try to pass the ambitious Build Back Better Act, and predictably Republicans are using every means to block it, aided by the villains of the hour, Senators Manchin and Sinema. And Now: Newscasters Take Issue With The Term "Leaf Peeping." Main story (YouTube, 20 minutes): PFAs, a class of chemicals that cause a variety of health issues and take thousands of years to break down, and has now bioaccumulated in nearly every human being on Earth, including 99.7% of US citizens. At the end, Danny DeVito appears in a bit "promoting" PFAs. Check the level of PFA contamination in the water in your area at ewg.org/pfasmap. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Oct 4, 2021 - 6 comments

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